Slingbox Reaches Agreement With DirecTV, NFL
The “place-shifting” TV provider Sling Media, maker of the Slingbox, has reached an agreement with DirecTV to make NFL games available online to all DirecTV subscribers, the Web site Newteevee.com reported Friday.
Called ”SuperCast,” the package does not utilize the actual Slingbox hardware, but rather entails Sling using its technology to make games, carried on DirecTV’s NFL Sunday Ticket package, available to Sunday Ticket subscribers via the Web. The service will only be available on the Microsoft Internet Explorer browser, and only to Sunday Ticket subscribers.
Earlier this year, Major League Baseball’s general counsel made noises about the sport going after Sling Media, believing that the Slingbox circumvents baseball’s TV contracts. However, no action was ever taken; Sling later reached a deal with the National Hockey League to allow users to create highlight packages.